anhouston on May 17th, 2017

Click here to nominate 6th graders for the Snowcrest Jr. High Hope Squad.

anhouston on August 17th, 2016

I am so excited about our new Social-Emotional Learning program this year.  It is called Second Step. It is a research based program that promotes

  • School Success
  • School connectedness
  • Safe and respectful school climate

by directly teaching students the skills that strengthen their ability to 1) Learn, 2) Have empathy, 3) Manage emotions, 4) Solve problems.

The Second Step Program has been shown to prevent

  • Problem behaviors
  • Peer rejection
  • Impulsivity
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Low academic achievement

by developing students’

  • Self-regulation skills
  • Social-emotional competencies
  • School connectedness

Mrs. Emerson and I will be teaching the Second Step Program in all our classes this year. Each lesson contains a Home Link.  Home Links are simple, fun activities designed to encourage interaction between students and their adult family members or other important adults.  The activities provide students with further practice of lesson skills and concepts, and familiarize adults with what their children are learning. I will be posting these home links on a weekly basis on my blog and request that you subscribe to my blog so that you have access to these Home Links.  This will promote SEL continued learning at home, which is my hope.  I look forward to SEL learning with our students this year.

anhouston on January 26th, 2016

“Love & Logic”  Parenting / Grand-Parenting

A 6 week course for learning to help our children make better choices, show respect, take responsibility, learn skills for improved problem-solving & how to cope with life’s difficulties.

“Great for parents of all ages of children”

Tuesdays – February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2016

 H. Guy Child Elementary

655 East 5500 South, Ogden Utah 84405

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

No fee to register      

Optional: Parent Guide for purchase ($5.00) the first night of class

To register: Email Paula Harper at                      or by phone / text at 801.643.2916

anhouston on December 15th, 2015

I attended a presentation last week put on by Parents  The purpose of Parents Empowered is to discourage underage drinking, to delay the onset of drinking until legal age.  He made the point that kids drink to get drunk. If kids wait until legal age to drink, it is more social drinking.  I was so surprised when he told us that an annual Sharp survey shows that the access point for underage drinking is parents giving permission or parents providing the drink.  Another survey result was that when parents were asked who has the biggest influence on kids, they rated themselves after friends, media, and teachers.  But when kids were asked about the person with the most influence on kids,  parents were rated #1, having the most influence on kids.

There were three suggestions for parents to influence their children to avoid underage drinking.

1-  Get involved with your kids

2- Set clear rules

3 – Monitor your kids

I encourage you all to visit their website for more information.


anhouston on September 15th, 2015

A 4-session class introducing the concepts on handling misbehavior presented in Thomas Phelan’s book, 1-2-3 Magic. 

This is a free parenting class which helps parents do a ‘make and take’ program to set up a discipline management system in their home for 2-12 age children.  This might be for the first time or the fiftieth time! It combines a night of Love and Logic skills with some concrete techniques and plans for getting the parents organized in a simple system that works! The skills we discuss are …

  • Stopping Behaviors,
  • Starting Behaviors,
  • Conflict Management and
  • teaching Responsibility.

Parents should leave the class with a better understanding of motivation and the dynamics of kids and their families.

Classes run Wednesdays for 4 weeks –

October 28-November 18

March 2- March 23

6:00-8:00 pm

Held at Farr West Elementary, Media Center, 2190 West 2700 North, Farr West.

The class is free.  A book may be ordered for $12.

Recertification hours are available for teachers.

Registration is required at least 1 week prior to the first day of class by calling Talana Fawson at 801-452-4370.

A minimum class size of 8 is required to hold the class.

anhouston on September 15th, 2015

Is it for real, or just an excuse?
What is ADHD?
What is its cause?
What is the impact of untreated ADHD?
Is medicine the only the solution for ADHD?
What are treatment options for my child?
Where can I get more research based information?
What are some of the common misperceptions about ADHD?

These and many other questions will be answered in a 2-hour single-session class. The class is taught by community professionals with a background in AD/HD.

September 10, 2015
November 19, 2015
January 14, 2016
March 17, 2016
May 19, 2016

Classes are free.
Classes are held at McKay Dee Hospital in the Education Center. (First floor, south end)
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Preregistration is required by calling Kathy Chatelain at 801-387-3740.

anhouston on August 5th, 2014

This is a 7-session series of classes that go into detail on the many facets of AD/HD

1 Overview of ADHD
What is ADHD?  What conditions may co-exist with ADHD?

2 From Assessment to Multimodal Treatment
The science of ADHD  Assessment / evaluation process for ADHD  Multimodal treatment plan  Medications used for ADHD  Psychosocial interventions

3 Developing Parenting Strategies & Positive Behavior Interventions: Behavior Management, Part I

4 Strengthen Family Relationships: Behavior Management, Part II

5 Educational Rights for Your Child with AD/HD
Understanding the processes under the federal education laws (Section 504 and IDEA)

6 Building an Education Team: Bridging the Gap Between Home and School
Parent/teacher communication  Tips for organizing school work and supplies

7 Resiliency, Teen Challenges and Future Success
Building resiliency, and helping teens meet the challenges of ADHD

Classes held on Thursdays from February 18, 2016 to March 31, 2016

 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (1st class starts 15 min early)
 Roy High School, media center, 2150 West 4800 South, Roy, Utah
  $70/2 people for the entire series (covers the cost of materials).
Limited scholarships are available for financial need, call Annette Houston 452-4195.
Educators: In-service credit, good for both lane change and recertification, is available.
To register: Call Renae 452-4256. Make checks to CHADD of Utah.
Must have 8 people to hold the class.

Parent Comments: “There were different presenters which kept it interesting….the 2 hours flew by.” “Excellent info!” “Every question I had was answered.” “Great teachers.” “Strongly recommend!” “I also loved how the students in class related so well to each other. It was like a support group.”

Sponsored by:
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Disorders (CHADD) of Utah The Utah Collaboration for ADHD (UCADD)
CHADD of Utah, Weber/Box Elder Branch Weber & Ogden School Districts
Utah State PTA Education Commission Intermountain Health Care (IHC)
Edward G. Callister Foundation Ogden Clinic

anhouston on March 18th, 2014

Have you every made a decision when you were angry or frustrated that you later regretted? When emotions are intense, it is hard for anyone, especially young adolescents, to think straight. Strong feelings of anger can lead to aggression and violence. Students can also struggle to make good choices when they experience strong feelings of sadness, jealousy, anxiety, or even happiness.

This week we are discussing emotion management with our 6th graders. Students are learning that emotions come from one part of their brain, but that they also have a thinking part of their brain that helps them stay in control.

The Steps for Staying in Control are:

Notice. Recognize your physical and mental signs.
Pause. Use your signal.
Think twice. Use your brain.
Calm down if necessary. Use your calming-down strategies.
Reflect. How did you do?

The strategies for calming down are useful for anyone, adult or teen. They are:

Doing something physically active
Doing something relaxing
Thinking about something else (like counting to ten)
Using centered breathing
Using positive self-talk

Staying in control helps students get along with others and focus on their schoolwork. Both of these things help them be more successful in school.

anhouston on February 19th, 2013

Here are some ideas from a book called “One Big Happy Family” by Bruce Feiler. I thought they were worth sharing.

1 – Knowing about one’s family history helps kids be more resilient and better able to handle stress.
2 – Children are expected to learn about 3000 new words per year during grades 3 through 12. Families can help by reading and communicating together and learning new words together.
3 – Giving children an allowance gives kids a chance to practice something they won’t learn in school: money management. Parents should guide but not force a child to manage his/her money a certain way.
4 – Surveys show that what children want most from their parents is for the parents to be less tired and stressed. A good way to cut down on stress is to hold a weekly family meeting to discuss what is and is not working in the family.
5 – Eating dinner together as a family has been shown to benefit children. Some other alternatives with the same benefits are eating breakfast together, having a bedtime snack as a family, or scheduling a once-a-week Sunday supper.
6 – To encourage conversation and draw your family closer, arrange your living room seating in a circle.
7- The most common time of day for family fights is dinnertime. To reduce fighting, hold off on difficult topics until everyone’s looked through the mail, eaten and changed clothes.
8- When it comes to punishments, kids who have a role in picking their own punishment have a greater sense of ownership over their behavior.
9 – The worst word you can say in a fight with a spouse is “You”.
10 – In an arguement, assuming the same posture or position as the other party can help reduce feelings of resentment.
11- Research shows that girls delay the onset of sexual activity if they have a close relationship with their fathers.
12 – At family meetings, you should vote about a matter before you discuss it to avoid coerced persuasion.